2nd Friday ArtWalk – Way Out West

Thomas Moran
American, born in England, 1837-1926
Virgin River, Utah, 1908
oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches
TC 486.25

2nd Friday ArtWalk
Friday, August 9, 2019

5:00-6:00 PM | EXPLORE Way Out West during our 2nd Friday ArtWalk evening hours

6:00-7:00 PM | PANEL: Perspectives on Way Out West

  • Elizabeth Broun, Director Emerita of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • John Coffey, Deputy Director for Art and Jim and Betty Becher Curator of American and Modern Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Dana Cowen, Sheldon Peck Curator for European and American Art before 1950 at the Ackland Art Museum

Panel is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested.

7:00 PM | BOOK DISCUSSION: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller and Way Out West 

Our popular book discussion program co-hosted by Carolina Public Humanities is back with look at Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller in the context of Way Out West.

Join Jennifer Howard, doctoral candidate in English and Comparative Literature, and Carolyn Allmendinger, Ackland’s Director of Academic Programming, in the new landscapes and artifacts exhibition Way Out West for a lively, interdisciplinary discussion of Storyteller, Leslie Marmon Silko’s groundbreaking book blending original short stories and poetry with Native American folk tales, autobiographical passages, and photographs.

We invite you to arrive early and enjoy an optional Way Out West pubic panel discussion from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Cost: $38 per person, includes a copy of the book, light snacks, and a reserved seat at the optional public panel discussion. Register here or call Carolina Public Humanities at 919.962.1544. 


2nd Friday ArtWalk at the Ackland
Every second Friday of the month, the Ackland participates as a venue in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2nd Friday ArtWalk, staying open until 9:00 PM and offering a variety of interactive, all-ages activities in addition to all exhibitions being open to visitors. Admission is free.


RSVP for PANEL: Perspectives on Way Out West

A Reader’s Guide to “Way Out West”

2:00 pm | A Reader’s Guide to Way Out West
From Louis L’Amour to Cormac McCarthy, the American West has inspired writers and captivated readers, including Susan Brown, Director of Chapel Hill Public Library. She has wandered through the exhibition and in this lively talk, she will share suggestions for books that pair well with Way Out West (and she will most likely work in a movie recommendation or two as well). The result will be a westward expansion of your TBR pile!

Glimpse into the Collection: Reading All Night Long

The Bookworm, 1920In honor of staying up way-way-way too late yet again to finish a book, I give you The Bookworm by Arthur Paunzen. Something about the enormous stacks of books crowding the figure just speaks to me. Also his complete disregard for the huge spider over his head. Now that I would likely notice.

I will endeavor to go to sleep earlier from now on, but I’m sure some book will inevitably keep me up.

Arthur Paunzen, Austrian, 1890-1940: The Bookworm, 1920; drypoint. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Burton Emmett Collection, 58.1.1774.